Friday, October 17, 2014

How to Crochet an Empanada


Empanadas are a staple of Chilean food served either fried or baked. Fried are my favorite, especially when made of Pino (meat) or cheese. There are other kinds such as Napolitan (tomato and cheese) and Shrimp and Cheese. Hmm, just thinking about them made me hungry already!

Recently we celebrated “El 18,” which is the equivalent to the Fourth of July here in the States. We enjoyed Empanadas several times throughout the month, thanks to my Mom who made them for us.
The kids talk about Empanadas on a regular basis and if it was up to them, they would want to eat one every day! Therefore, I decided to surprise them with some play Empanadas that they can keep in their basket of play foods. 

These Empanadas are made using the Amigurumi technique.  The final piece will measure 5 inches approximately. 

To be able to print How to Crochet an Empanada, download the FREE PDF here.  


Materials:   (Products contain affiliate links to Amazon.)

HDC – Half Double Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
DC – Double Crochet
Ch – Chain


Each round ends with an increase. In other words 2 HDC in the last stitch of each round.
Use a stitch marker to show the first stitch of each round. As a tip, if you don’t have one, use a hair clip or bobby pin that you can easily slide in and out.
To close the Empanada, you will be using DC in the front loops. You will SL ST in all four loops.


Start with Magic Ring
1.   Start with Magic Ring, ch 2 and then 6 HDC. Close the Ring.
2.   2 HDC in each stitch.(12 total)
3.   *1 HDC in first stitch, 2 HDC* repeat until end of round. (18 total)
4.   *1 HDC in two stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch* repeat until end of round. (24 total)
5.   *1HDC in three stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch* repeat until end of round. (30 total)
6.   *1 HDC in four stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch* repeat until end of round. (36 total)
7.   1 HDC in five stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch* repeat until end of round. (42 total)
8.   1 HDC in six stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch* repeat until end of round. (48 total)
9.   1 SC in each stitch all around.
Fold your circle / basket in half now.  You will know be working with the

10.                 Ch 1, *4 DC in front loops, sk 1, SL ST, sk 1,* repeat until almost done. Before closing up your Empanada, begin to stuff it with the poly-fil.

11.                 Finish up this row and close it up with a SL ST.

12.                 Fasten off.

Enjoy your new Empanada! 

For the Spanish version, please go here.  (It will be updated soon.)

Happy Crocheting!

~ Fabi

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Chevron Party Cupcake Wrappers - Free Printable

Previously, I shared redchevron cupcake wrappers

Today, I am sharing a set of chevron patterned wrappers. I love this one right here, it's has so many pretty colors and it's just happy. 

free cupcake wrappers
The following cupcake wrappers feature yellow - gold, aqua, and brown.  Super cute! 

Hope you like it! Let me know if you would like to see these colors used in a different way for a party decoration! 

free cupcake wrappers
cupcake wrappers 

Enjoy your cupcakes!!!! Send me pictures of your cupcakes with these wrappers! I look forward to seeing them!

Happy Baking! 


Cupcake Wrappers - Free Printable

Do you love cupcakes as much as I do? I love them all year-round and Christmas is no exception. Now, it might seem is a little too early to think about Christmas, but the reality is that Christmas is only 94 days away from today!  

whhhaaaatttt!!!!???  Is it just me or did this year just fly by??? 

What's your favorite cupcake recipe? Leave the link below; I'm always on the look out for a new recipe or frosting to try! 

 Cupcakes look so pretty and yummy with those ruffle layers of frosting, yum AND when paired with cute cupcake wrappers...Oh, my goodness!!!!  

 Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, wrap your cupcakes with this chevron wrapper. 

Below is the .png file for these super cute red and white chevron cupcake wrappers.  Do note the instructions of use are written at the top of the .pdf file which is available for free through here as well as down below.  Note: Use this wrappers once the cupcakes are out of the oven and have cooled.


1.    Print on plain white cardstock. Cut out with scissors. 
2.    Apply Glue or approximately a 1-1/2 Inch piece of 1/2 Inch Double-Sided Tape (preferred method) to the Front (printed) of the Left Side where noted. Wrap the Right Side around the Left Side with the printed side facing outward. 
3.    Overlap the Right Side on top of the Left Side & line up the edge of the Right Side to the dotted line on the Left Side. 
4.    Press firmly together to adhere glue or double-sided tape.

chevron cupcake wrappers free printable

Chevron Cupcake Wrappers
Double Sided Tape suggested to complete this project:  (affiliate link, thanks for your support!)

Hope you have enjoyed this printable! Let me know in the comments in what other colors you would like to see free cupcake wrappers! 

Happy baking! 

~ Fabi 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Galilee Booties - Pattern Review

A few days ago, I made a new set of baby booties for my Etsy shop, FlorabellaBoutique.  

Hace unos dias atras, teji un par de zapatitos de bebe que agregue a mi tienda llamada Florabella Boutique

This design is called Galilee Booties by Mamachee Patterns. It is a very well written pattern that comes in sizes for babies newborn to 24 months and adults.  It also includes a color pattern that can be used throughout the construction of the booties.  

Este diseño se llama Galilee Booties por Mamachee Patterns.  Este patron esta muy bien escrito y con muy buenos detalles. Tanto asi, que uno puede completar el set al primer intento. Las instrucciones estan escritas para tamaño de recien nacido hasta bebe de 24 meses. Tambien existe una version para adultos disponible.  Lo que mas me gusta aparte de los detalles es que tambien incluye sugerencias para los cambios de colores.  

Here are some pictures to show you how this design looks:  
A continuación hay fotos para mostrarte como se ve este diseño: 

Hook - Crochet: Size G (Clover, my favorite!)
Yarn - Lana: Vanna'sChoice in Blue and White
                       How I love this Yarn in grey. 

galilee booties

galilee booties

galilee booties

Happy Crocheting!

~ Fabi 

Products used to make this booties (affiliate):
Estos son los productos que use para tejer estos zapatitos. (links de afiliado)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Celebrating Chile and Fall Season

September means two things to me: Fall and '18'.

 I enjoy decorating for Fall and cooking with pumpkin. I have lived in this country for so many years that is now a part of the things I enjoy doing. You can check out what I have cooked using Pumpkin in the past Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Ravioli, my favorite White bean and Turkey Stew served in Pumpkin Bowls.

I just saw this recipe for Pumpkin French on Pinterest that I really want to try. What are you making with Pumpkin?

Pumpkin French Toast - Sounds amazing!!! 

 I also enjoy decorating for "18", Chile's National Holiday (like the Fourth to the US). That means, I make Chilean food, we make crafts related to Chile, and make handmade decorations using crochet for the holidays. My first decoration coming up is a banner made using the national colors: blue, white, and red. I also crocheted the letters to spell C-H-I-L-E. I still feel like the banner is missing something, so I'm still calling it a work in progress. But it's hanging in my living room and my daughter has learned how to spell Chile thanks to it. My son is learning to recognize more letters thanks to that banner being on the wall. It's a win-win for everyone. :-) 

Chile banner 

That's the latest going on here! 

Hope you are having a great week!

 ~ Fabi


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